Cahill realises dream at Chelsea

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Gary Cahill enjoyed his first training session as a Chelsea player yesterday, and immediately set his stall out to make an impact with the club.

The England centre back joins international colleagues John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge, whilst the 26-year-old already knows about Daniel Sturridge's skills after a stunning loan spell at the Reebok Stadium last season.

And, whilst admitting to a few nerves in meeting his other teammates for the first time at the club's Cobham training ground, Cahill quickly settled into life with a new club.

"The facilities are really something special so it was exciting coming down here this morning. I was a bit nervous, waiting to see what is what and meet all the lads and the staff, and it has been a bit of a whirlwind but I am really enjoying it," he told the official Chelsea website.

"You are linked with clubs but until they show interest by putting a bid in, or getting that bid accepted, it is just a hope to play at a top club.

"Until that is in stone it is only just a rumour. But as I said yesterday, you can't turn opportunities like this down."

Cahill has left a relegation battle in Lancashire to try and get back in the Barclays Premier League title race in the capital, with the Blues currently 11 points behind Manchester City and sitting in fourth place.

With Champions League football also on the table under Andre Villas-Boas, the chance to play at the highest level was a 'dream' the former Aston Villa defender simply couldn't refuse.

"Ever since I went to Bolton I was always hoping to do well, to try to take a forward step in my career and this is a massive step for me," continued Cahill.

"It has always been a dream to play at the highest level and signing for Chelsea now, it gives me the opportunity to do that."

Cahill was also quick to pay tribute to his new manager, who made an instant impression on the seven-cap England international.

The former Porto boss has given his new defender confidence from the outset of his career with the club, and Cahill is looking forward to working under the 34-year-old.

"He has been fantastic. When I did speak to the manager, the impression he had on me was massive," he concluded.

"Like I said, it is always nice to be wanted by the manager, it gives you confidence when you are coming to a new club and I look forward to working under him, that is for sure."

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